Definitions for cross-reference

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cross′ ref′erence(n.)

  1. a reference from one part of a book, index, etc., to related material in another part.

Origin of cross reference:


cross′-ref′erence(v.t.)-ref•er•enced, -ref•er•enc•ing.

  1. to provide with cross references.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to cross-refer.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of cross-reference:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cross-reference, cross-index(noun)

    a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cross-reference(noun)ˈkrɔsˌkʌn tri, ˈkrɒs-; n. -ˈkʌn tri, -ˌkʌn-

    a note telling a reader to look for information somewhere else in the book


  1. cross-reference(Noun)

    A reference or direction in one place in a book or other source of information to information at another place in the same work

  2. cross-reference(Verb)

    To provide something with a cross-reference

  3. Origin: * cross - reference


  1. Cross-reference

    The term cross-reference can refer to either: ⁕An instance within a document which refers to related information elsewhere in the same document. In both printed and online dictionaries cross-references are important because they form a network structure of relations existing between different parts of data, dictionary-internal as well as dictionary external. ⁕In an index, a cross reference is often denoted by See also. For example, under the term Albert Einstein in the index of a book about Nobel Laureates, there may be the cross-reference See also: Einstein, Albert. ⁕In hypertext, cross-referencing is maintained to a document with either in-context or out-of-context cross-referencing. These are similar to KWIC and KWOC. ⁕In programming, "cross-referencing" means a listing of every named identifier. ⁕In a relational database management system, a table can have an xref as prefix or suffix to indicate it is a cross-reference table that joins two or more tables together via primary key.

Translations for cross-reference

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a reference from one part of a book, list etc to another, eg crept see creep .

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